Milestones, the locally owned specialty gift shop that’s operated in downtown New Canaan for 12 years, will close at year’s end, its owners said. Elisabeth Mulhern said she and husband Dan Mulhern are “incredibly grateful to this community,” where they’ve lived for nearly 20 years. With her husband taking a job 18 months ago with Vineyard Vines, Elisabeth Mulhern said she is focusing on family needs and “a new beginning.” The community has “given us a ton and we have given back a ton,” she said. “It has been a tremendous 12 years and in the end it comes down to having time to do more for us, and to be able to create our next chapter.”
Parents to two daughters who came up through New Canaan Public Schools (South, Saxe, NCHS)—Ashley graduated from the Miami University-Ohio and now works in Connecticut, while Madison is a senior at Penn State University, and is eyeing a career in teaching—the Mulherns both came from corporate retail backgrounds.